Police make arrest – Interstate bail absconder in Darwin

Northern Territory Police have arrested one of New South Wales’ most wanted fugitives in Darwin.

Members of the Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF) arrested the 32-year-old on board a yacht after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers conducted an outbound clearance of the vessel as it attempted to sail from Cullen Bay Marina in Darwin late yesterday afternoon.

Taskforce members found the man hiding in the hull when they boarded the vessel.

The man has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt since he absconded from NSW in October last year.

Two other men aged 52 and 43 were also arrested and taken into custody.

NT Police Commander Matt Hollamby said “The excellent work of our partnership with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Border Force, Australian Federal Police and other agencies means that one of the country’s most wanted fugitives is now in custody.”

AFP Commander Central Command Erica Merrin praised the quick response and diligent work of the Northern Territory Joint Organised Crime Taskforce investigators.

“This incident demonstrates how organised crime has no borders, and highlights the importance of genuine interagency collaboration to keep our Australian community safe.”

ABF A/g Commander Budhy Tanddo said: “ABF officers are on the front line when it comes to maintaining the integrity of the Australian border. This operation highlights the critical role we play, together with our joint agency partners, when it comes to combatting organised crime. If you’re breaking the law, there really is nowhere to hide.”

The man will face an extradition hearing in Darwin on Monday.

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